Community Development

Kate BoyerAlthough I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and traveled frequently, I was raised in the tiny Village of Homer, pop. 1100. I have a varied experience in business ownership from helping to run our factory with EDI, ISO, KANBAN, ect to retail store ownership, to my own wholesale business.  I especially have a passion for small towns and their economic & community development.

I am passionate about event planning, rural development, small businesses, agri-tourism, and mixing all of this into loving our neighbors and being the change we want to see in our own communities.

My husband and I have been married for 17+ years, and we homeschool our 5 children ages 6-16.  We find it important to teach them about involvement in their own communities and also the value of hard work.

Thus began the journey of service to my community that has spanned over 20 years.  I hope to take my vast experience, consult with others, and continue to benefit communities across the country.

If you are interested in my consulting, please contact me at



1993-2013, Controller at Toshware, Inc (Family Business, manufacturing as a tier one for Harley-Davidson)

  • Shipping/Receiving
  • Purchase Orders
  • Receivables
  • Employee Management (30 employees at one time)
  • Multiple Bank Registers
  • Payroll
  • Income Statements/Balance Sheets
  • Tax Records
  • Database programming & management

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1996, Library Assistant, Homer, IL

  • Digitizing records

1997, Director of Senior Citizen Program, Peace Meal, Homer, IL

  • Set up
  • General Organization
  • Clean up

1998-2000, Office Assistant at nonprofit radio station (WBGL), Champaign, IL

  • Digitizing Records
  • Volunteer Organization

1995-2003, President of Homer Recreation Board

  • Festival & Event Planning
  • Parade Organization
  • Volunteer Director

2007-2012, Boy Scouts of America, Pack 42.  Den Leader & Committee Chair

  • Leadership
  • Popcorn fundraising “Kernel”
  • Management
  • BSA training

2008-2015, Co-Owner of Village Wardrobe, a Boutique Children’s Consignment Store, two location (Homer & Monticello) 

  • With my mother, we renovated and constructed second-hand stores that had the atmosphere of a boutique


2009-2017, Owner of Homer Soda Company

  • Began a distribution business and grew it to hundreds of wholesale customers across the country
  • Was featured by “Fossil” on Times Square in NYC
  • Was featured in Food Network Magazine twice

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2009-2011, Owned & Operated a 1917 Model T Popcorn Truck

  • We attended events as a vendor, serving popcorn and other snacks
  • I obtained my health permit


2009-2010, Downtown Homer Movies

  • Organized “big screen” movie nights once a month with our popcorn truck

2009-2001, Monticello Main Street, Volunteer

  • Organized and created numerous events for Monticello that are still ongoing today:
    • Summer Movies on the Square
    • Red Wines of December
    • Brews of October
    • White Wines of Spring

2013-2017, Homer Community Improvement Association.

  • Held positions from president to secretary
  • Created their website
  • My focus was from social work to tourism


2013-2017, Director of Homer Soda Festival

  • Began a series of Soda Festivals to boost Homer tourism
  • 4000 attendees the first year
  • Over 10,000 by the 5th year
  • Managed 100 volunteers, 50+ vendors, 30+ organizations, 50+ soda tasting booths, 7 bands, online media, and multiple other aspects

2015-2017, Volunteer Marketing Director, Opera House in Homer


  • Stepping back from the public eye and enjoying the quiet farm life with my family
  • Gaining new skills such as milking a cow, growing tomatoes, making cheese & baking bread
  • Homeschooling two children in high school, one in Jr high, one in 4th grade & a 1st grader
  • Sharing my expertise by consulting for other villages and for events